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Joint pain assessed and treated without delay
At Ridgeway, our specialists commonly see symptoms and issues such as:
Many patients will have already seen their GP and been referred to us, but we also have an increasing number of self-referrals, enabling you to see a specialist at your earliest convenience if you are concerned about any of your symptoms.
Symptoms may indicate a number of conditions treated by our rheumatologists, including:
Whether you have an existing condition that requires new management, or you’re experiencing troubling symptoms for the first time, our rheumatologists can find an appropriate treatment plan to bring you rapid relief.
If you’re based in Swindon, Wiltshire, or even further afield, why not book a consultation with us today?
Steroid joint injections can be very effective in managing your symptoms and relieving pain and stiffness. Usually, it will be clear at the first appointment if you would benefit from a joint injection, so this is often able to be offered at the same time. Some patients may benefit from an ultrasound-guided injection from a radiologist, as this can precisely target the source of your pain, and this can be booked in at a later date.
We have strong links with our Physiotherapy department, and this can be particularly effective in combination with steroid injections, helping to improve your range of motion once the injections have helped stabilise your pain levels. For any ongoing treatment, your progress will be reviewed at regular intervals, ensuring you always receive the most appropriate, evidence-based treatment.
Chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis will likely require ongoing medication, and this can be picked up from our dedicated pharmacy, saving you further trips elsewhere.
Surgery is unusual for patients with typical rheumatic conditions, but if you’ve been dealing a chronic illness for many years, there are some instances where surgery may be of benefit. For example, our Orthopaedic specialists may suggest an artificial joint replacement for those who have had severe arthritis for over 10 years.
Questions your consultant may ask you include:
A full physical examination will then be conducted. Conditions like arthritis can often affect the whole body, so your consultant will normally check your heart, lungs, and abdomen, alongside your joints.
Some patients won’t need further investigations, as a diagnosis may be clear at this point, especially if they have degenerative joint disease.
Blood tests looking for inflammatory markers (which indicate inflammation and potential autoimmune conditions) may be carried out to rule out any other issues, and these can be carried out within our clinics.
Other patients may require diagnostic scans, which can be booked for a later date in our on-site Imaging department. Scans may include:
Very occasionally, other specialist tests may be needed. This could include lung function tests and scans of the lungs. Nerve conduction studies or Electromyogram (EMG) can also be used if appropriate to assess activity of your nerves and muscles.
You will then meet your consultant for a follow-up appointment to discuss any test results as well as your personalised treatment plan. You are often given a number of options, and your consultant can advise which options may be best suited to your goals, explaining any expected outcomes.
For peace of mind and expert care, book an appointment online now.
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